Written in 1969, Philip Glass’ rarely heard Music in Fifths offers a musical canvas in which the same five notes are repeated in constantly shifting patterns, producing a mesmerising and beguiling effect on the listener – musical mathematics of a very different kind.
Written in 2014 for the great organist John Scott shortly before he died, Patterns by Nico Muhly is a rhythmic world all of its own: 'full of filigree figuration and no little rhythmic complexity', according to Choir & Organ.
McVinnie completes the concert with the balm of one of Bach’s most heartfelt and intimate settings of the choral ‘When in the hour of utmost need’.
PerformersJames McVinnie organ
RepertoireJS Bach: Contrapunctus 1; Contrapunctus 7 (Per aug et dim); Contrapunctus 9 (Alla duodecima) from The Art of Fugue
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Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm: pre-concert talk. With Southbank Centre Organ Curator, William McVicker, international concert organist James McVinnie discusses his diverse career as an organist, keyboardist, ensemble player and teacher. Admission free.